Saturday, October 09, 2004

Going through and reorganizing our library, we found we had two copies of Roget's Thesaurus, as well as many other books that we'd like to sell used on Amazon. The going rate for this formerly indispensible reference, with a quarter of a million words? $0.25.

By contrast, the best used price for Donald Knuth's METAFONT book, which i bought for $20 nearly 20 years ago when i was foolish enough to think i was going to learn the painfully obscure art of font hacking (for the painfully obscure and now hopelessly outdated formatting language LaTeX) ... still going for more than $16.

Go figure.

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